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William C. Davis to present “The Lies of Loreta Velazquez” lecture at Harrisburg CWRT


For our 55th Anniversary lecture on Friday May 16th, the Harrisburg Civil War Round Table is proud to have one of our past presidents and lifetime members, William C. Davis, speak to us on “The Lies of Loreta Velazquez”. Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who grew up in New Orleans, disguised herself as a man to fight as a Confederate soldier, and then spied as a double agent for the Union.

Mr. Davis, a native of Independence, Missouri, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sonoma State University in northern California. The next twenty years “Jack” spent in editorial management in the magazine and book publishing industry, before leaving in 1990 to spend the next decade working as a writer and consultant here and abroad.

He is the author or editor of more than fifty books in the fields of Civil War and Southern history, as well as numerous documentary screenplays. You may have recognized him as the on-camera senior consultant for 52 episodes of the Arts & Entertainment network/History Channel series Civil War Journal, as well as a number of other productions on commercial and Public Television. He has also acted as historical consultant for several television and film productions, including The Blue and the Gray, George Washington, and The Perfect Tribute.

In September 2013 he retired after thirteen years as Professor of History and Executive Director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He is a three-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Award given for book-length works in Confederate History. His most recent book is The Rogue Republic: How Would-Be Patriots Waged the Shortest Revolution in American History, published in April 2011. His book The Battle of New Market is the basis of the motion picture Field of Lost Shoes currently in production and scheduled for release in May 2014.

Mr. Davis is a member of the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and serves on several other consultative bodies, as well as being an occasional consultant to the Virginia State Police on cold case homicides.

The Harrisburg Civil War Round Table meets at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel & Convention Center, Camp Hill, PA, Camp Hill Bypass @ Routes 11&15. An informal reception starts at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner at 6:45. The cost of dinner is $28.00 and reservations must be made no later than 9 PM Tuesday, May 13th, by calling 717-512-9250 or email

The program begins at 8:00 PM and is FREE to the public.                    
Contact Tom Kerstetter at 717-574-5797